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podIn 2012 Nilupul Foundation became a member of the Peace One Day NGO coalition, organising Dundee City’s first ‘Sit In Peace’ gathering, and now brings people together annually on International Peace Day to promote the development of peace within individuals, families, communities and nations.

In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.

Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.

Inspired by a 70% recorded reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day in Afghanistan (source: United Nations Department of Safety and Security), and in order to build a strong foundation, a series of Peace One Day coalitions were formed.

The Peace One Day 2012 report found that, across the world, approximately 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 2012 – 4% of the world’s population. The report further estimates that approximately 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. Peace One Day expects to double those figures for 2013, creating a solid foundation for informing 3 billion people about Peace Day by 2016.

In 2013, Peace One Day set out to encourage organisations and individuals to take specific actions to reduce violence around the theme:

Who Will You Make Peace With?